Announcement Please note all orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail and that for PERSONALIZED PRINTED orders it CAN take 10 to 12 days from the day the order is placed to the day it is received.
Please note all orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail and that for PERSONALIZED PRINTED orders it CAN take 10 to 12 days from the day the order is placed to the day it is received.
Tara Gates on Jan 23, 2017
My experience with this shop was great. She handled everything in a timely manner, and when there was a hiccup, she made sure that it was corrected and truly went above and beyond what she needed to do. The invitations are absolutely gorgeous and were more than what I could've hoped for. I truly recommend this shop 10/10 for anyone looking for gorgeous high quality designs. Her skill and patience with every transaction and design is wonderful.
I don't just make pretty paper, I make keepsakes.
I was born and raised in the South where thank you notes are a "must do" and personalized stationery is a "must have". It is a Southern tradition that I hope never dies.
I have always loved beautiful paper of all kinds, but particularly stationery. As I child I would collect wedding invitations and Christmas cards. Partly for sentimental reasons, but also because I just thought they were pretty.
This carried on into my teen years. I always had a small collection of thank you notes on hand, and I hoarded notebooks and journals.
My family relocated to Utah just before I turned seventeen. I quickly gained a reputation at my new high school for being unusually ( read: oddly) polite when I gave a thank you note to a boy for going to a dance with me. And to his sister for setting me up with him.
At an open-air shopping center near our home was a small stationery shop. I was going through a little bit of a culture shock, and this shop was a haven for me. Within those walls my love for beautiful paper and desire to carry on the tradition of written correspondence was not foreign. This was the first time I really began to think about what one had to do to become a stationery designer.
Just before I graduated from college, my beloved stationery shop closed. The closest stationery shop was now 45 minutes away in downtown Salt Lake City. So I made do with whatever I could find in the stationery sections of the supercenters and big box chain stores in the area. I began to miss the colorful designs and the luxurious papers carried in that shop. Now I started thinking about how much fun it would be to be able to create stationery. But I pushed the thoughts aside. I didn't know much about the stationery industry, but I knew my degree in Public Health wouldn't get me far in that field.
A few years passed and I became busy with work and starting a family. It wasn't until after my first child, Grayson, turned two that the desire to design stationery came up again. Something about becoming a mother convinced me to pursue it. I had big dreams for my little boy and wanted nothing more than for him to have big dreams and chase after them. How can I encourage my child to do that when I'm not brave enough to do that for myself?
So I learned as much as possible about the stationery industry, about printing and paper. I took classes to learn how to use Illustrator, and read every book out there about starting a small creative business.
I started creating wedding invitations, birth announcements, and stationery sets for family and friends. I have found what I love the most about what I do is that these pretty pieces of paper are often part of a significant moment in someone's life and they become keepsakes. I am well aware that what I make is disposable and may end up in the trash. But for a small few my stationery will be treasured and tucked away because it is tied to a precious memory. How many people have kept their best friend's wedding invitation, their niece's birth announcement, a hand written note from a parent?
To be a part of something so special, even in such a small way, is an honor and a privilege. I do not take it lightly. Instead of printing my work at home I use a professional printer based in California that uses high quality papers and only prints stationery. I want to give my clients something they will treasure.
I'm originally from North Carolina, but these day I make my home in Springville, Utah. I share my home, my life and all that I have with my web-designer husband Josh and my two greatest blessings, my children Grayson and Winona.
Thanks for visiting my little paper shop Winona Gray Design. After finding myself always on the look out for stationery and printed goods that fit my needs and my style I've decided to create some for myself and share them with you as well. When I'm not designing I'm busy being a mom to my two small children.
- ABOUT MY WORK -
I keep my shop stocked with non-personalized items that can quickly be shipped and used for any occasion. I also love to create personalized and custom items that help my clients convey their own personalities.
Not only do I create social stationery, but event stationery as well. If you're looking for something special for a wedding announcement, birth announcement, birthday party or any celebration send me a convo and I'll be happy to work with you. It's an absolute joy to create something that is apart of some of life's most cherished events.
Although many stationery shops here on Etsy prefer to print their own work, I prefer to leave the printing to experienced professionals. All of my work is printed right here in the USA by a company that also prints for many nationally recognized stationery companies. Choosing not to print my products in house does lengthen my turn around time on projects, but I feel that it allows me to give you a product that is of a much higher quality than one I could produce on my own.
Please keep this in mind when ordering personalized or customized items from my shop. Be aware that it can take up to 10 to 14 days to receive your order from the day you placed your order during a busy season like Christmas. For small sets of personalized stationery my current turn around time is 7 to 10 days.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please note that I will not begin processing your order until payment is made and has cleared through Paypal. Keep this in mind when choosing the Echeck option, since EChecks usually take 3-4 business days to clear.
Adding a second item to your order usually does not increase the mailing cost, and for this reason I have the shipping cost of a second item listed as $0.00. If your order is large enough to exceed the base shipping rate, I will contact you and invoice you the additional charge prior to shipping your order.
If you order two items with two different shipping costs please note that I will charge you for the higher shipping costs. This is to ensure that sufficient postage will be paid so your order will arrive on time